Make Your Own Portable Turrell Kit!




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This tutorial will help you make your own Turrell -- minus the lights (if you don't have a laser cutter and would like a pre-made kit please contact me and we may be able to set something up)

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Step 1: Print Your Materials

you will need

5 sheets of MDF at 1/8in 16x32.

a laser cutter (about 30-45min)

the files can be found here you'll need to print 1&2 twice

note* you will have extras of the small parts, and will have both spiked and flat versions of the legs.

Step 2: Assemble!

It helps if you begin with two of the table top pieces and rotate around. add the stopper into the slot for a doubly tight hold. latch all four sides. be sure that the side with the extra holes is the top.

Step 3: Assemble Legs

start with one and then make sure you heave it sturdily on the ground. Once that has been completed, do the opposing sides and lastly fill in the other two, this does take some balance, if you want things to be easier (but less portable) you can glue the legs beforehand, or not use the triangular supports.

Step 4: View!

now your Turrell should be ready to view, just stick your head beneath and watch. LED light stands can be used to add color if desired.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry, but I fail to see the logic in creating this, maybe I am missing something. What enhancement or affect does this add to looking up as opposed to just simply looking up without having the Turrell Kit to look through? Not trying to be snarky but the point of this completely escapes me.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    The accoutrement is hopefully creating an experience similar to that of a day-time Turrell. Turrell was an artist interested in our perception of light. He often created paces where you couldn't see the horizon, and because of that the light would appear to be in line with the roof of the building, making for a unique experience of light(namely the sky.) In creating a portable Turrell I hope to make a comment about the accessibility of works of art, especially works such as Turrells as well as arts needless largess and occasional esotericism -- although I really am a huge fan of Turrells work.
    Hopes this helps :)

    James Turrell is an artist "James Turrell (born May 6, 1943) is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984. Turrell is best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater, a natural cinder cone crater located outside Flagstaff, Arizona that he is turning into a massive naked-eyeobservatory." -- wikipedia

    this particular object is based off of his sky space at RICE University in Houston TX.

    - a portable version : ) for wherever you happen to want one to be.